The Pacific War, 1941-1945Book - 2015
In his magisterial 1,152 page narrative of the Pacific War, Francis Pike's Hirohito's War offers an original interpretation, balancing the existing Western-centric view with attention to the Japanese perspective on the conflict. As well as giving a 'blow-by-blow' account of campaigns and battles, Francis Pike offers many challenges to the standard interpretations with regards to the causes of the war; Emperor Hirohito's war guilt; the inevitability of US Victory; the abilities of General MacArthur and Admiral Yamamoto; the role of China, Great Britain and Australia; military and naval technology; and the need for the fire-bombing of Japan and the eventual use of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Hirohito's War is accompanied by additional online resources, including more details on logistics, economics, POWs, submarines and kamikaze, as well as a 1930-1945 timeline and 178 maps.
This detailed narrative investigates the causes and consequences of Japan’s declaration of war and details the main campaigns of the Pacific War, focusing on strategy and the use of technology. The descriptions of campaigns draw on first-hand accounts from Japanese and other perspectives. In discussion of the many factors leading up to Emperor Hirohito’s decision to go to war, there is special emphasis on Japan’s relations with China, the US, Germany, Britain, and the Soviet Union, as well as discussion of the influence of the idea of racial superiority. A wealth of appendices, photos, and maps can be found on a companion web site. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)